Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has hosted its second annual national conference. Entitled '5 Star Fire Safety', this year's event was aimed primarily at hoteliers and how they can maximise safety for their disabled guests.

Experts in the fields of accessible design, fire safety and disability discrimination, emergency evacuation plans and fire safety law joined speakers from The Fire Safety Engineering Group, the UK Disabled People's Council, Tourism for All and Hilton Worldwide to address delegates.

Mark Abram, the service's Head of Community Fire Protection, said: "This was an outstanding conference and we were pleased to have so many experts keen to speak at our event. Given the attraction of Cheshire as a tourist destination there are numerous hotels across the county and hoteliers and managers have a legal and moral duty to ensure the safety of all their guests, including disabled and vulnerable people. This conference highlighted those obligations and stimulated fresh and relevant discussion."

Paul Hancock, Cheshire's Chief Fire Officer, introduced John Woodcock, the International President of the Institution of Fire Engineers to give the opening address.

A trade exhibition was also hosted, displaying available products for the early alert and safe evacuation of disabled and vulnerable guests.


Posted: 14.12pm, 22.03.11